Jan 15, 2018 - 5:24 AM
in reply to juliekzp
>> I did a little preliminary math, and it seems like the 2-country Eurail pass would be better (especially with 3 kids riding free).
If you get a Swiss Travel Pass, your children will also travel for free if you order the (free) Swiss Family Card together with your Swiss Travel Pass.
The Swiss Travel Pass will also get you free travel on the little electric buses that run around in Zermatt, and 50% discount on the mountain transport in Zermatt. Then it will get you to the border with France on your final day, so you just need a ticket for the portion of your journey within France.
The Eurail Pass is not valid for the village buses or mountain transport within Zermatt.
However, it is always your whole itinerary, not just one part of it, that needs to be taken into account in selecting a pass. If you are not travelling around by train in France, then the Swiss Travel Pass, and a point-to-point ticket from the border to Paris, is almost certainly your best bet if you can't be bothered doing all the sums.
I have not travelled in France on a Eurail Pass, but from what I have read, it is not particularly good value because passholder seats are limited, and reservation fees/supplements are hefty. But you would need to check that out in more detail for yourself. The Man in Seat 61 website is a good source of information:
Last modified on Jan 15, 2018 - 7:56 AM by Chantal